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Does your congregation have religious education classes for adults of any age that meet at least weekly? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

Each question was asked of a key informant from the congregation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, or other staff person or leader.


Adult Religious Education? (National Congregations Study 2006-2007)

   

[Results weighted by W1]




Adult Religious Education? (Demographic Patterns)


Adult Religious Education? by Year Founded


Before 19001900-19501951-19992000 or LaterMissingTOTAL
Yes69.4%
249
81.5%
317
77.9%
444
94.9%
93
6777.9%
1103
No30.6%
110
18.5%
72
22.1%
126
5.1%
5
2122.1%
313
MISSING001001
TOTAL100.0%
359
100.0%
389
100.0%
570
100.0%
98
881416

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Adult Religious Education? by Adult Members


25 or Less26-5051-100101-200More than 200MissingTOTAL
Yes32.7%
65
77.6%
291
84.8%
317
89.0%
258
89.6%
233
577.7%
1164
No67.3%
134
22.4%
84
15.2%
57
11.0%
32
10.4%
27
022.3%
334
MISSING1000001
TOTAL100.0%
199
100.0%
375
100.0%
374
100.0%
290
100.0%
260
51498

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Adult Religious Education? by Political Ideology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes81.6%
671
72.8%
356
68.2%
75
6977.6%
1102
No18.4%
151
27.2%
133
31.8%
35
1622.4%
319
MISSING00101
TOTAL100.0%
822
100.0%
489
100.0%
110
851421

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Adult Religious Education? by Region of the Country


New England or Mid-AtlanticEast North Central or West North CentralSouth Atlantic, East South Central, or West South CentralMountain or PacificTOTAL
Yes61.2%
120
75.6%
292
82.1%
589
82.5%
170
77.8%
1171
No38.8%
76
24.4%
94
17.9%
128
17.5%
36
22.2%
334
MISSING10001
TOTAL100.0%
196
100.0%
386
100.0%
717
100.0%
206
1505

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Adult Religious Education? by Religious Tradition


Roman CatholicWhite conservative, evangelical, or fundamentalistBlack ProtestantWhite liberal or moderateNon-ChristianTOTAL
Yes58.8%
47
82.5%
608
74.9%
265
80.9%
229
41.2%
21
77.7%
1170
No41.3%
33
17.5%
129
25.1%
89
19.1%
54
58.8%
30
22.3%
335
MISSING000101
TOTAL100.0%
80
100.0%
737
100.0%
354
100.0%
283
100.0%
51
1505

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Adult Religious Education? by Theology


More on the conservative sideRight in the middleMore on the liberal sideMissingTOTAL
Yes78.3%
716
79.8%
339
65.5%
78
3777.7%
1133
No21.7%
198
20.2%
86
34.5%
41
1022.3%
325
MISSING00101
TOTAL100.0%
914
100.0%
425
100.0%
119
471458

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Notes

The National Congregations Study (NCS) dataset "fills a void in the sociological study of congregations by providing, for the first time, data that can be used to draw a nationally aggregate picture of congregations" (Chaves et al. 1999, p.460). Thanks to innovations in sampling techniques, the NCS data is the first nationally representative sample of American congregations. In 2006-07, a panel component was added to the NCS. In addition to the new cross-section of congregations generated in conjunction with the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS), a stratified random sample was drawn from congregations who participated in the 1998 NCS. The 2006-07 NCS sample, then, includes a subset of cases that were also interviewed in 1998. A full codebook, prepared by the primary investigator, is available for download here. The codebook contains the original questionnaire, as well as detailed information on survey methodology, weights, coding, and more.